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NHS Summer Programs 2018

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site summer programming is in full swing. All events are free and open to the public. Some require advanced registration.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6:00–7:30pm

A Short Walk on a Long Day

Arnold Arboretum: The Ideas Behind the Design
We continue our traditional solstice walk with a tour of the Arnold Arboretum.
Witness the interplay of art and science on a guided stroll through our nation’s first public arboretum. Explore the spaces envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargent and learn the story of one of Boston’s most iconic landscapes! Meets at the Hunnewell Visitor Center, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130. No advance registration is required.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 4:00–5:30pm

Changes and Invasions Through the Ages at Olmsted Park

Walk with us and explore the geological, environmental, and cultural shifts that shaped Olmsted Park. This Olmsted-designed landscape reflects its history: see how interventions including the filling of the Back Bay and the introduction of invasive plant species have changed the park’s appearance, upkeep, and use. Meets at the parking lot behind the Brook House high-rise complex which is located at 33 Pond Avenue in Brookline, MA. The walk is free and open to the public, no reservations required.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 8:00–10:00pm

Movie Night at Fairsted — ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Sit under the stars and watch the classic tale of extra-planetary friendship on Fairsted’s South Lawn. Bring your own blanket or low beach chair, and something to drink (non-alcoholic), but please no glass containers. We’ll be providing the popcorn on the house! Event is free to all, no reservations required.

Saturday, August 11th | 8:00–9:30pm

Stargazers Stroll Through the Arnold Arboretum

Join an NPS ranger for an evening stroll and learn more about the design intentions behind the Olmsted and Sargent landscape. The walk will start at the Hunnewell Visitor Center, leading up to Bussey Hill for a stargazing event under the night sky. Hiking shoes suggested and flashlights or headlamps required.
Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

June 25 to September 26 | Mondays: 6:00–7:30pm | Wednesdays: 6:30–8:00am

Dawn & Dusk Yoga at Fairsted

Explore the links between Olmsted’s design philosophy and the practice of Amrit Yoga. As you inhabit the landscape, you will be able to explore how the outer space of an intentionally designed landscape can provide opportunities for peace and tranquility. Similarly, as you experience Amrit Yoga, you will be able to explore how the inner space of an intentionally designed practice can provide opportunities for balance and relief. All classes are FREE and open to the public. Mats are provided. Reservations are required. This program is part of the Healthy People/Healthy People Initiative.

Sundays July 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10:00–11:30am

Morning Yoga at the Arnold Arboretum

Adrienne Sharigian, Yoga Instructor. Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum. In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall). Free, registration is limited and required. Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.


Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA